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Off of Google Image?

July 5th, 2007

I am seriously considering writing a bot script for my images folder telling Google Image to stop cataloguing my photos for their image search. I’ve allowed it thus far as a courtesy to web surfers to enjoy the images I have on my site… but this is getting out of hand. A huge number of people are now hotlinking to my images. It seems to have become somewhat of a practice on the web now. The biggest offenders: people in discussion forums, and people on MySpace and similar social sites. People just hotlink to images rather shamelessly, and it’s getting out of hand. When I look at who is visiting my blog, it seems like one out of every twenty or so visitors is a hotlinker… which means they are not really “visiting” the site, instead they are swiping an image from my site, on my dime, and there is no link back to or credit for my site.

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  1. K. Engels
    July 5th, 2007 at 11:43 | #1

    Can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve started seeing a lot of hot linking on government, university, and library websites as well. My personal pet peeve though is the fact that people no longer bother to resize an image before using it on a web page. The museum at my local university has 2157×1697 pixels images taken with a digital camera displayed at 379×302 pixels on the page using the attributes of the img tag to do all the resizing. Properly resized the image would be less than 5% of the original file size (29k vs 741k)!

  2. July 5th, 2007 at 23:51 | #2

    What kind of prevention do you have in mind, Luis?

    There are many hits for things like “PHP prevent hotlinking” at Google:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=PHP+prevent+hotlinking

    Would any of those work?

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